1 Peter 3:8-17
1. We began talking about the main point of Peter’s writing: a call to live holy lives.
Q: Holiness was described as being distinct from the world & distinctly like our holy God. What are examples of holy living that you’ve experienced or seen?
Q: We also talked about how a person grows in holiness: through sanctification. What does God use to sanctify us, make us more holy?
Q: READ 1 PETER 2:9. How does holiness declare the greatness of God?
2. We then talked about how holy living can lead to suffering.
Q: Based off the passage in 1 Peter 3, suffering is to be expected. What are ways that Christians try to avoid suffering?
Q: It was said that suffering can be a blessing because it assures us of our faith in Christ & reminds us of the reward we have in Christ. How has God used suffering to shape you/others you know?
3. We then talked about our readiness to share the gospel.
Q: 5 Principles for holy living are seen in v. 13-17. We focused on being willing to share the gospel. What are we talking about when we use the word, “gospel”?
Q: We were also challenged to understand the question(s) that the world will have for those in Christ: “What is the reason for the hope that is in you? Why is your hope in Christ?” How would you respond to these questions?
Q: What resources have helped you to have a Biblical, clear, winsome answer to these types of questions? (If you don’t have a RightNow Media account set up, contact Matt Cobb at email@example.com ASAP to get an email invitation sent to you!)
4. We ended by talking about the when and how of sharing the gospel.
Q: Pastor Nate shared a story of being unprepared to share the gospel & said, “You never know when someone will ask questions.” How does a person prepare themselves to be ready to share the gospel always?
Q: In v. 15, it says that we are to share “with gentleness and respect.” What do these characteristics look like in the context of sharing the truth of the gospel?
Q: We ended by talking about the need for holy living, so that others might see the hope of Christ in us. What is a way that you could better pursue holy living in 2017?